Born covered in the feathers of a bird, and kept hidden in a crumbling house full of secrets, Marea has always known she was different, but never known why. And so to find answers, she goes in search of the father she has never met.
The hunt leads her to the City of Murmurs, a place of mermaids and mystery, where jars of swirling mist are carried through the streets by the broken-hearted.
And Marea will never forget what she learns there.
You know that feeling when you see the cover and blurb for a book and you know immediately that you’re going to love it? That was Feathertide for me.
First of all, I would like to mention this beautiful cover. Good job designers.
I found this novel incredibly compelling from the moment I started reading. It’s very dreamlike and whimsical. The setting and imagery in this book is enriching and vivid. I really want to see this as a movie.
Told from the point of view of Marea, she is a character that has always known she is different and I felt that she is relatable to so many people. She is a young person trying to figure out her place in the world and ultimately, she wants to figure out where she belongs. I loved seeing how she developed through the book.
Beth Cartwright has created such a rich, unique alternative world that is full of magic and I couldn’t help but get completely immersed in it.
As usual, I don’t want to give too much away so I am not sure what else I can say about this book that I haven’t said already.
If you’re a fan of Stardust by Neil Gaiman, Cecelia Ahern or just like a grown up take on fairy tales, I think you will like this novel. It’s a wonderful way of escaping for a while and I hope as many people read it as possible. I can’t say enough lovely things about it.
What a fantastic debut from Beth Cartwright. I look forward to seeing what she does next.
About Beth Cartwright…
A love of language and the imaginary led her to study English Literature and Linguistics at university, and she now lives on the edge of the Peak District with her family and two cats. Feathertide is her debut novel.
Feathertide was released by Del Ray on 30th July 2020. Click to view on Amazon UK.
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